“Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer
said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul" - 1 Samuel 14:7.
Jonathan planned a daring goal of scaling the cliffs to attack the Philistines, and it inspired his armour-bearer to follow. Note that the armour-bearer did not have to go; he enthusiastically chose to go and risk his life to follow Jonathan. The results were astonishing, for those two did together what the entire army of Israel was unable to do. Leaders motivate people through their example, and then they harnass the energy to go in a direction that is best for the organization and ultimate in the best interests of the followers as well.
LEADERSHIP STEP: First of all, do you have any followers? If so, how would you assess their level of motivation - high, medium or low? There is no better way to know than to ask them point blank. Then determine if you are doing what you can as a leader to direct their energy into projects and goals to which they willingly devote themselves. Then check your own heart to see just how motivated you are for the tasks at hand.